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Cucurbita ecuadorenis - Ecuador Squash - 20 Seeds
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Cucurbita ecuadorenis - Ecuador Squash - 20 Seeds


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Cucurbita ecuadorenis - Ecuador Squash - 20 Seeds

Cucurbita ecuadorensis - Ecuador Squash

This listing is for 20 seeds of this heritage vegetable.

Cucurbita ecuadorensis is a species of squash, discovered in 1965 growing wild in Ecuador. Like most wild gourds and squashes, it is creeping vine and is often found climbing over other vegetation. It is found only in the western provinces of Guayas and Manabi and there is evidence that it was domesticated in Ecuador around 10,000 years ago, likely for its seeds, but no direct records exist and it is no longer cultivated in its native form.

It is resistant to many diseases of cultivated Cucurbita species, and has been used to breed resistance to several diseases into common squashes. For example, researchers at Cornell University used Cucurbita ecuadorensis to breed resistance to papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and powdery mildew, into common watermelon cultivars. Cucurbita ecuadorensis is listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable, and is found protected in the Machalilla National Park.

The seeds are edible in much the same way as pumpkin seeds and have a nutty flavour. The flesh of the fruit is quite coarse but nutritious and is often fed to animals as a winter feed.

Full instructions can be found here.

Variety Solanum
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Tropicals

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